Sweets + Desserts

Pumpkin Cake with Spiced Cranberry Swirl

Makes one 9-inch cake For the topping: 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries, chopped 1 cup granulated sugar Pinch salt Peeled zest from ½ orange (about 6 strips) 2 tablespoons dark rum ⅛ teaspoon cloves For the cake:  ½ cup olive oil 2 eggs ½ cup applesauce 1 cup granulated sugar, […]

Vanilla Pumpkin Spice Pudding

Serves 6 ½ cup sugar ⅓ cup brown sugar ¼ cup cornstarch 1 rounded teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon clove ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 3 cups whole milk (almond or soy milk works too) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 cup pumpkin puree Whipped cream, for serving In a […]

Apple Cinnamon Scones

Makes 8 scones 2 cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon kosher salt 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder 1 tablespoon cinnamon ½ cup raw or golden sugar (see note) 6 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter ½ medium tart apple, peeled ½ cup milk For topping: ¼ cup raw sugar Butter, for serving […]

Vanilla Chai Spice Pudding

Vanilla Chai Spice Pudding

This recipe is part of my April Times Union story. Read it all here. My mother taught me how to love and appreciate all tea. I have sweet memories of barely warm chamomile tea made the way I liked it: with plenty of milk and sugar, served by my mom. […]

Recipes for Crepes with Nutella and fruit

Stacked Crepes with Nutella and Fruit

This is part of my March 2022 TU story. Read it all here. Would it be strange to pack a crepe pan among the twin sheets and towels bound for the dorm? I have never known a child or adult to not adore crepes, and knowing how to make them […]

Cozy food for the weekend

Peanut Butter Bread With Salted Chocolate Ganache

Part of my Tines Union story, February 2022. See it here, or read below. Weekends call for a pan filled with a homemade something, a well-deserved treat for the week, a job well done. Enter the peanut butter loaf cake. Easy to make, filled with simple ingredients and flavors that […]

Crumbly Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Crumble Muffins

Here’s another recipe that was part of my January story, all about keeping teenagers from ordering too much take out. Read the whole column here. And, here’s the rest of the recipes: Middle Eastern Spiced Steak Wraps and Cous Cous Salad with Pickled Onions. Elliot, and everyone in our house, […]

Cocoa Spice Pumpkin Pie

Cocoa Spice Pumpkin Pie

From my November 2021 Times Union story, Thanksgiving Traditions and the Foods to Match. The pie I’ll make this year is a shake up of old traditions. Everyone in our house loves pumpkin pie, and it must be part of the dessert table, but why not change it up? In […]